One question I always get asked is 'how do you discover your passion and purpose?'
I used to often ask this question myself and it wasn’t until I worked out how passion and purpose work together that it started to click and make sense to me.
During my 20’s I worked in a lot of jobs that I wasn’t ‘passionate’ about - I was simply going through the motions and taking home money each week for me to live on.
Was I living my purpose?
No way. I was simply existing.
It was during this time that I had a craving for more - a sense of fulfillment that I was making a difference in the world and helping people.
I think this is one of the reasons blogging has become such a big part of my life - I get to do something I am passionate about - which is writing - as well as being able to encourage others to live a life they are passionate about.
So how exactly do you discover your passion and live your purpose?
I can tell you for sure, it is not some magical ‘aha’ moment that you realize what it is supposed to be.
For most people and myself included, I only discovered what my passion and purpose were after a lot of trial and error and experimenting with many different things.
Your passion is simply doing what you love.
What you most love to do with your time; the things you lose yourself in and the things you do where several hours have gone by and you don’t even notice.
Your purpose is being able to translate your passion into something that serves others.
So living your purpose simply put, is being of service to others in a meaningful and authentic way.
I think it’s important to note that you don’t necessarily need to be 'earning your living' from your passion and purpose.
Although it may be nice, perhaps it’s something that you’re working towards or perhaps you are completely happy with your current work situation and you are expressing your passion in a side-project or hustle that is incredibly fulfilling for you.
There is no right or wrong with how you choose to live your version of this, it is whatever feels right for you and importantly - what works for you and your current circumstances.
Why does having a purpose matter?
Having a clear purpose can help in several ways, apart from giving you a deep sense of fulfillment it can also help you with:
- Making better decisions.
- Improving your discipline.
- Giving you clarity on your goals.
- Motivating you to achieve your goals.
- Improving your relationships.
- Giving your life meaning, knowing you are contributing to make the world a better place.
Here’s the truth: the heart of your purpose in life stems from the heart of who you ARE.
The things that you are most interested in, love to do, receive thanks for and make you happy, are all BIG clues as to where your real purpose may lie.
So today I wanted to share with you 5 questions to help guide you on a path of self-inquiry to uncover your passion and lead you to your purpose.
Spend some time journalling your responses and see what comes up for you.
Remember there is no right or wrong here, it’s just an opportunity to see what comes up for you and help you recognize any common threads.
- What makes you happiest in life?
- What do people thank you and compliment you for?
- What are you naturally curious about?
- What is important to you? What do you stand for?
- If you were to change 3 things in the world for the greater good, what would they be?
I’d love you to share in the comments - what does it mean to you to be living your life on purpose?